The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has introduced the end result of the spectrum public sale within the Sub-GHz (under 1 GHz) bands and awarded 5G licenses to cell community operators Telecom Namibia (TN), Cell Telecommunications Firm (MTC), and the native ISP Loc8 Cell following the regulator’s public sale of 700 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum final week, which generated roughly NAD 28.55 million.
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Spectrum Public sale Consequence
Based on the Public sale outcomes discover for radio frequency spectrum 703-788 MHz and 790-862 MHz,
Loc8 Cell secured Lot A – 2×20 MHz in 703 MHz-723 MHz paired with 758 MHz-778 MHz for NAD 5.12 million with a reserve worth of NAD 4.39 million.
Telecom Namibia (TN) received Lot B with a bid of NAD 15.42 million to safe 2×20 MHz in 723-733 MHz paired with 778-788 MHz and a pair of×10 MHz in 791-801 MHz paired with 832-842 MHz with a reserve worth of NAD 5.12 million.
Cell Telecommunications (MTC) received Lot C at an public sale worth of NAD 8 million to safe 2×20 MHz in 801-821 MHz paired with 842-862 MHz with a reserved worth of NAD 6.51 million.
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The spectrum license is legitimate for a interval of ten (10) years from the date of the award’s publication and is topic to renewal for the same interval and even cancellation or switch in accordance with the laws.
Spectrum Know-how Utilization
The assigned frequencies are specified for offering 4G and 5G providers in accordance with the assigned frequency plans. The utilisation of the assigned spectrum for offering 2G or 3G providers is strictly prohibited.
Based on the Spectrum Public sale Bidding Standards, the licensee shall utilise the assigned frequencies specified to offer Worldwide Cell Companies (IMT) whereas sustaining a downlink information velocity of not lower than 20 Mbps and in compliance with the High quality-of-Service Laws.
To additional enhance common entry, CRAN imposed license circumstances on profitable bidders to extend 4G inhabitants protection to 80 % within the Kunene, Zambezi, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Hardap, and Kavango West Areas.
These areas have been recognized as a result of their 4G inhabitants protection is under 80 %, and the circumstances imposed within the licenses would require bidders to enhance protection to 80 % and above.
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The regulator has accredited the testing of 5G providers/networks for a interval of three months till December 31. MTC has already expressed its readiness to deploy 5G providers. The award of 5G licenses in Namibia is a big step ahead for the nation’s digital transformation.